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     Anhad Shabad : The Celistial Sound Within          The celestial sound within is known as naad and also as Anhad Shab...
     We listen to Guru’s shabad in kirtan (singing of hymns from SGGSji). But    the word shabad has a different meaning a...
         We as Sikhs (disciples) are well aware of Anhad Shabad being a shabad        (celestial sound) which is heard at ...
     A sikh who does regular simran , hears within the shabad (celestial    sound)inside coming from the area of tenth gat...
                 iehu Bvjlu jgtu sbiw gur trIA{ .                    A;tr kI wuibWa A;tir jrIA{ .         p;c baN l[ jm kx...
         Anhw ruN JuNkaru swa Wuin inrBxu k{ Gir vaiewa .                                       ‐SGGS 1033         The swe...
     Here is an illustration to explain shabad :    The shabad is the creative blue print of existence.    The hymns in SG...
                                                        The form of Naam in the material world is the Name of the Lord or ...
          We only have to ACCEPT and SEE and keep SEEING and the law of HIS    Nadar (grace) comes in operation to make us...
         ijxu l]ha tirX s;ig kaso lig sbiw gurU hir pav{g] .2.                                      ‐SGGS 1309     As iron...
            sca sahu sc[ vNjar[ . scu vN;jih gur h[it Apar[ .              scu ivhaJih scu kmavih sc] scu kmaviNAa .4.    ...
      One who has no Guru continues coming and going in reincarnation. || 2 ||                          The One Creator ha...
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  2. 2.   Anhad Shabad : The Celistial Sound Within    The celestial sound within is known as naad and also as Anhad Shabad . Anhad means the sound that is not produced by striking of two objects . This sound is there as such and has devine origin. Listening to the Shabad is a spiritual jugat (technique) of the saints who aim to reach the highest state of merger with their origin – the creator Lord.This jugat can be appreciated only when the shabad is understood further. This practice was described by Guru Nanak (20th October 1469 – 7 May 1539), the founder of Sikhism, and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus during his meeting with sidhas and the conversation account is described in Sidh Gosht . The spirtual path through the Shabad ( celistial Sound) is described in the hymns in Shri Guru Granth Saheb ji – the only among the words those comes frequently are ‘Naam’ and ‘Shabad’. These are also the words that have deep meaning and needs to be given much thought. Guru Sahebji says that :   gurmtI Gio canNa sbiw iml{ hir naxu . ‐ SGGS 30     Through the Gurus Teachings, illumination (knowledge) is received.   And through the Shabad, is received the Lord as Naam.   ‐ SGGS 30   The gurbani in the words of Guruji is ‘Braham Vichar’ – it expounds and presents spiritual knowledge. The gurbani meanings also change as per stage of the devotee who then begins to perceive subtle meanings and explanations about the subtle spiritual realm. The same words which earlier had been read in a go suddenly begin to hold the attention. Let us now look at the word ‘Shabad ‘which is commonly thought to mean a hymn or sections of SGGSji. The shabad is sung as kirtan.
  3. 3.   We listen to Guru’s shabad in kirtan (singing of hymns from SGGSji). But the word shabad has a different meaning also. Let us try to the subtle hints in SGGSji. Here Guruji says: mn r[ sbiw trhu ictu laie . ‐SGGS 19  O mind, swim across,   by focusing your consciousness on the Shabad.  ‐ SGGS 19    Here we are being asked to focus conscious attention on the shabad. And this is what the focus does to the mind. sc{ sbiw mnu m]ihAa pRiB Aap[ le[ imlaie .  ‐ SGGS 35  The Shabad of the True one fascinates the mind;  And then God Himself arranges the meeting.  ‐ SGGS 35    What is the secret of this ‘shabad’ that Guru ji says makes possible the merger,a devotee yearns for. Here is another explanation from SGGSji.   gurmuiK baNI bRhmu h{ sbiw imlava h]ie .  ‐ SGGS 39  As Gurmukh we understand that Bani (Guru’s word) is Braham;  through shabad we meet HIM.  ‐ SGGS 39    Braham is the unchanging reality which is the aspect of oneness that is all matter, energy, time, space, beings and everything even beyond in this universe.
  4. 4.   We as Sikhs (disciples) are well aware of Anhad Shabad being a shabad (celestial sound) which is heard at the tenth gate and about hearing of which Guru Amardas ji has uttered the Bani ‘ Anand Sahib’. He exhorts us to hear the shabad. This hearing of the shabad and keeping our focus on the heard shabad is the essence of our effort for Surt - Shabad meeting.This is the effort we have to keep doing.Guru ji tells us to do udham(effort).A sikh does not do any practice of simran. There is no skill to be perfected . The sikh’s simran is an effort at reconnection with his divine origin. The Guru’s wisdom tells him that this world is real although ever changing and HE is the World and the Player also. There is only HIM.Through effort we have to go across the barrier of our ego .Through Simran which initially is jap takes our awareness within and reachis a stage for surt to connect with Shabad. The Shabad is ever there and so is the surt, only through repeated effort we have to keep surt (conscious awareness) towards hearing of Shabad. This effort is so pleasing and full of anand that a yearning begins to develop.In this effort there is ever accompanying feeling of oneness and presence of ‘waheguru’.       mukit BeI b;Wn guir K]l[ sbiw surit pit paeI . ‐ SGGS 1255  Liberation is when the Guru unties the bonds; and the honor is obtained by  focusing conscious awareness on the Shabad,   ‐ SGGS 1255    Shabad in physical form is the Guru’s bani and shabad is also within us. The Shabad within is the creator , the intelligence , the consciousness , the intuition , the wisdom, the creative vibration, … THE WAHEGURU HIMSELF as Shabad Guru Roop.
  5. 5.   A sikh who does regular simran , hears within the shabad (celestial sound)inside coming from the area of tenth gate. This celestial sound some say is like a HUMMMM sound and even is compared with night sounds of insects. At the gross level where our surt is generally the sound is heard as such by our inner ears. As we keep our Surt focused on the shabad we gradually begin to get absorbed it in. On further progress this celestial sound heard is very pleasant. This sound is Anahat meaning that which is formed without any object striking another. Gurbani therefore calls it Anhad Shabad. This shabad has quality of light also and this is why many a devotee sees celestial light as well. The shabad is the one that pulls the Surt through the tenth gate known as Dasam Dwar. Here is how Guruji describes the importance of Shabad. Shabad is guru in the physical form of SGGSji. On reading the shabad’s we get gyan and through recitation and kirtan our consciousness is lifted and we become more ‘sato guni’. We then move more inward and hear the shabad guru. Shabad is an aspect of Karta . The Guru is not a physical form. Only the formless one can be our Guru who is ever present within and without. guru m[r{ s;ig swa h{ nal[ . ismir ismir itsu swa smal[ . -SGGS 394 My Guru is always with me, near at hand. Through simran and simran by remembering Him, I keep Him with me ever. -SGGS 394 Shabad as guru gives us intuitive understanding of spiritual realms and also guidance relevant to the physical life. As the physical guru guides us so also does the Shabad Guru who is ever present.
  6. 6.   iehu Bvjlu jgtu sbiw gur trIA{ . A;tr kI wuibWa A;tir jrIA{ . p;c baN l[ jm kxu mar{ ggn;tir WNKu czaieAa .9. sakt nir sbw surit ikxu paeIA{ . sbwu surit ibnu AaeIA{ jaeIA{ . ‐ SGGS 1042  Through the Shabad Guru, one crosses over this world‐ocean.    The duality (separation belief) within is burnt within.   The five celestial sounds ( panch shabads) being the arrow and the drawn  bow is aimed at  the Tenth Gate in the  Sky within, the death is beaten.   The faithless cynics cannot attain enlightened awareness of the Shabad.   Without awareness of the Shabad, they come and go in reincarnation.    ‐ SGGS 1042  The duality is the feeling of separation that we have while living in the material world.We ever have doubt that ‘I’ and ‘HIM’ are same. ‘I ‘ever strives to keep its self identity separate by keeping us ever in doubt. The panch sounds referred in the above hymn are the five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and the Sky. These five have been created by the celestial shabad. Gurbani explains that the ‘Nirankar’ has taken first as formless ‘Ekongkar’ (the oneness in the universe).This oneness is our origin and from the ‘Ekongkar’ has emanated ‘Braham’ swaroop. The Braham is also shabad roop. The shabad has given rise to the five elements and the material form in the universe. If we consider the scientific view then the quantum physics is very near here, as it tells everything is vibration. A question that comes in mind is that as to where the shabad is coming from. Guruji has given a hint in these lines from SGGSji.
  7. 7.   Anhw ruN JuNkaru swa Wuin inrBxu k{ Gir vaiewa . ‐SGGS 1033  The sweet, melodious, unstruck sound current vibrates continuously   in the home of the Nirbhau.  ‐SGGS 1033  Guru ji has explained in the mool mantar that the Ekongkar is also Nirbhau. When Guruji talks about Nirbhau the word is used as an explanation in the sense that we can understand and relate to. The world we live in a world of duality. It is a world of relationship. The opposites exist so that the other is defined and experienced. We can understand love if fear is there. We can understand big if small is there. We can also understand Cold only if Hot is there. Look around and this relationship is seen around in all existence whether material or abstract. So also we have been created to live as if separate, in order that HE is experienced. Our houme (ego) ensures we feel and live as a distinct separate being. When this veil is lifted there is only HE. Nirbhau can be translated to mean ‘fearless’. HE is SAT meaning truth .Here the meaning is that HE is not a creation like this created world which is ever changes but is same SAT ever. It is only in the created world that fear exists. The SAT swaroop is only love and anand. Fear does not exist in SAT swaroop. IT is from this SAT swaroop Ekongkar that home of Nirbhau that the shabad is originating. Guru ji has also explained in these lines : xutpit prlxu sbw[ h]v{ . sbw[ hI iPir Xpit h]v{ . ‐‐SGGS 117  Creation and destruction happen through the Shabad.    Through the Shabad, creation happens again.  ‐‐SGGS 117  This shabad has given rise to material world and this shabad is also the “thought energy” in our mind that makes possible thinking. This shabad also takes the form of words and language like everything else in the universe.
  8. 8.   Here is an illustration to explain shabad : The shabad is the creative blue print of existence. The hymns in SGGSji are called also Shabad because their origin is the shabad and these makes possible our meeting with the shabad within. The ‘shabad roop hymns’ of SGGS ji give us gyan or spiritual wisdom. These ‘shabad roop hymns’ change our state of mind and lift our consciousness. Listening to the ‘shabad roop hymns’ our Surt goes within. These ‘shabad roop hymns’ enable us to do Simran. We hear the Shabad within and our surt meets with this shabad. The shabad then pulls the surt upward through Dasam Dwar in a state of merger. Next is the question of relationship between Shabad and Naam. Naam is our origin. Naam is received truly when we reach and become OUR ORIGIN instead of living with a feeling of being separate. We have Naam when we live as jyote swaroop. This line from SGGSji clarifies much. sbw[ namu iWAaeIA{ sbw[ sic smaie . ‐ SGGS 67    Through the Shabad, meditate on the Naam; through the Shabad, you shall merge in Truth. ‐ SGGS 67 
  9. 9.     The form of Naam in the material world is the Name of the Lord or God. Gurbani HE has many names. It is immaterial to call him by any name exclusively as any name would be only limited and cannot connect fully with the limitless. The knowledge of Naam can only be obtained from Guru.   sbw[ hI naxu xUpj{ sbw[ m[il imlaieAa . ibnu sbw{ sBu jgu bxurana ibrTa jnmu gvaieAa . A;imRtu e[k] sbwu h{ nank gurmuiK paieAa . ‐ SGGSji 644    Through the Shabad Naam blossoms within   and through shabad we embrace the Naam;   Without the (awareness of) Shabad, the whole world lives as insane, and  the earth life is lost in vain.  The Shabad alone is Ambrosial Nectar;   Says Nanak, as Gurmukh obtain it.   ‐ SGGSji 644  We use names of God for the purpose of jap and simran. We use name as ‘Guru Mantra’ also. When the purpose of a name ,a form of Naam in the physical world, is served by arranging a meeting with Sat Saroop (the truth )within there is no need for any name. Then we have Naam – our origin. We then see him existing every where and in everything. j[ta kIta t[ta naxu . ivNu nav{ nahI k] Taxu . ‐ SGGS 4   The created universe is the manifestation of the Naam.  Without the Naam, there is no place at all.  ‐ SGGS 4 
  10. 10.     We only have to ACCEPT and SEE and keep SEEING and the law of HIS Nadar (grace) comes in operation to make us actually SEE and FEEL the oneness all around.We feel one with everything. Guru’s words are our ever guides. We keep coming across them in SGGSji. Here are some : gurmtI Gio canNa sbiw iml{ hir naxu .2. ‐ SGGS 30   Through the Gurus Teachings, the heart is illuminated.   Through the Shabad, the Naam Lord is received. || 2 ||  ‐ SGGS 30   nav{ A;wir hxu vsa: naxu vs{ min Aaie .5. ‐ SGGS 55  I attempt to dwell deep within the Naam;  And the Naam comes to dwell within the mind. || 5 ||  ‐ SGGS 55  vd{ Baig naxu paeIA{ gurmit sbiw suhaeI . ‐ SGGS 69  By great good fortune, the Naam is obtained. Following the Gurus  Teachings, through the Shabad, you shall be exalted.  ‐ SGGS 69    sbiw gurU Bv sagru trIA{ iet xut e[k] jaN{ . ichnu vrnu nhI CaieAa maieAa nank sbwu pCaN{ . ‐SGGS 944  The Shabad is the Guru, to carry you across the terrifying world‐ocean.  Know the One Lord alone, here and hereafter. He has no form or color,  shadow or illusion; O Nanak, this is realized through the Shabad.   ‐SGGS 944   
  11. 11.   ijxu l]ha tirX s;ig kaso lig sbiw gurU hir pav{g] .2. ‐SGGS 1309  As iron is carried across if it is attached to wood, one who is attached to the  Word of the Gurus Shabad finds the Lord.  ‐SGGS 1309        sbiw iml{ s] imil rh{ ijs nxu Aap[ le[ imlaie .   ‐SGGS 27  Merging in the Shabad is to merge with the Lord,   HE Himself arranges the merger  ‐SGGS 27        maJ mhla 3 . xutpit prlxu sbw[ h]v{ . sbw[ hI iPir Xpit h]v{ . gurmuiK vrt{ sBu Aap[ sca gurmuiK xupaie smaviNAa .1. hxu varI jIxu varI guru pUra m;in vsaviNAa . gur t[ sait Bgit kr[ iwnu ratI guN kih guNI smaviNAa .1. rhaxu . gurmuiK WrtI gurmuiK paNI . gurmuiK pvNu b{s;tru K[l{ ivdaNI . s] ingura j] mir mir j;m{ ingur[ AavN javiNAa .2. itin krt{ ieku K[lu rcaieAa . kaieAa srIr{ ivic sBu ikCu paieAa . sbiw B[iw k]eI mhlu pae[ mhl[ mhil bulaviNAa .3.
  12. 12.   sca sahu sc[ vNjar[ . scu vN;jih gur h[it Apar[ . scu ivhaJih scu kmavih sc] scu kmaviNAa .4. ibnu rasI k] vTu ikxu pae[ . mnmuK BUl[ l]k sbae[ . ibnu rasI sB KalI cl[ KalI jaie wuKu paviNAa .5. ieik scu vN;jih gur sbiw ipAar[ . Aaip trih sgl[ kul tar[ . Aae[ s[ prvaNu h]e[ imil pRItm suKu paviNAa .6. A;tir vstu mUza bahru Bal[ . mnmuK A;W[ iPrih b[tal[ . ijT{ vTu h]v{ itThu k]ie n pav{ mnmuK Brim BulaviNAa .7. Aap[ w[v{ sbiw bulae[ . mhlI mhil shj suKu pae[ . nank naim iml{ vidAaeI Aap[ suiN suiN iWAaviNAa . ‐SGGS 117    MAAJH, THIRD MEHL:  Creation and destruction happen through the Word of the Shabad.   Through the Shabad, creation happens again.    The Gurmukh knows that the True Lord is all‐pervading.   The Gurmukh understands creation and merger. || 1 ||    I am a sacrifice, my soul is a sacrifice, to those   who enshrine the Perfect Guru within their minds.    From the Guru comes peace and tranquility;   worship Him with devotion, day and night.   Chanting His Glorious Praises, merge into the Glorious Lord.   || 1 || Pause ||    The Gurmukh ( who acts on Guru’s wisdom)sees the Lord on the earth,   and the Gurmukh sees Him in the water.    The Gurmukh sees Him in wind and fire;   such is the wonder of His Play.    One who has no Guru, dies over and over again, only to be re‐born. 
  13. 13.    One who has no Guru continues coming and going in reincarnation. || 2 ||   The One Creator has set this play in motion.    In the frame of the human body, He has placed all things.    Those few who are pierced through by the Word of the Shabad,   obtain the Mansion of the Lords Presence.   He calls them into His Wondrous Palace. || 3 ||    True is the Banker, and true are His traders.    They purchase Truth, with infinite love for the Guru.    They deal in Truth, and they practice Truth.   They earn Truth, and only Truth. || 4 ||   Without investment capital, how can anyone acquire merchandise?    The self‐willed manmukhs (who act on minds dictates) have all gone astray.    Without true wealth, everyone goes empty‐handed;   going empty‐handed, they suffer in pain. || 5 ||    Some deal in Truth, through love of the Gurus Shabad.    They save themselves, and save all their ancestors as well.    Very auspicious is the coming of those who meet their Beloved   and find peace. || 6 ||    Deep within the self is the secret, but the fool looks for it outside.    The blind self‐willed manmukhs wander around like demons;    but where the secret is, there, they do not find it.   The manmukhs are deluded by doubt. || 7 ||    He Himself calls us, and bestows the Word of the Shabad.    The soul‐bride finds intuitive peace and poise   in the Mansion of the Lords Presence.    Says Nanak, she obtains the glorious greatness of the Naam;   she hears it again and again, and she meditates on it. ||  ‐SGGS 117           
  14. 14.             Ekongkar    Worship , seeing Him ever-present ( within and about). SGGS 1173       Hearing the Anhad Shabad    The Anhad Shabad is not a physical sound as such the hearing of it is through consciousness when it is finely attuned.When there are gross feelings like fear , anxiety ,anger within us the acess to the Anhad Shabad is clouded. This is the reason it is heard by devouts who wake up during Amri Vela (ambrosial hour) early morning for simran and recite gurbani during day time. In them well up the feelings of love ,devotion , helpfulness , cooperation , peace , confidence , trust and tremendous positivity as they continue the simran. We within us have acess to both. It is our daily choices that determine what type of feelings and behavior is dominant.When love and peace dominates the surt is finely attuned. Simply shift surt inward and place awareness at the point on the upper palate of the mouth where roughly the breath also strikes , the Anhad Shabad would begin to be heard. Hearing of Anhad Shabad and feeling of HIS presence go together.              
  15. 15.                                 Shree Guru Granth Sahebji  Inside Golden Temple , Amritsar, India                                                gurmit singh  gurmit.mail@gmail.com  (This ebook can be shared freely .) 

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